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John146

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04-06-2017 08:01 PM

I’ve discovered I need a jointer. There seem to be very few listed on CL (Reno, NV area), so I’m limited to what’s available in the stores. I’m also limited on space, so I’m tending towards a benchtop version.. although I theoretically could get a floor standing one if I’d be able to wheel it around.

The two main contenders (and pretty much the only games in town) are:

Porter Cable benchtop jointer: https://www.lowes.com/pd/PORTER-CABLE-10-Amps-Amp-Bench-Jointer/3059865
Rikon benchtop jointer: https://www.amazon.com/RIKON-Power-Tools-20-600H-Benchtop/dp/B01D35X3XE

The local store has the Rikon for $329. I can get the Porter Cable for $255 with my Lowes card. I also own a planer, but have not had success making a sled for it.. the basic planer sled design seems to result in a pretty big sled, and I’m not sure how much space I would have left for it in my shop, or whether it would flatten smaller boards well… the best I’ve gotten is having it make twisted/bowed boards a bit less twisted/bowed.. but still not perfectly flat.

-- John 14:6


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buckbuster31

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#1 posted 04-06-2017 08:16 PM

I have the porter cable used twice I will sell cheap

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#2 posted 04-06-2017 08:21 PM

I have a pretty low opinion of anything you can get at the big box stores these days… thin sheet metal and plastic ‘consumer’ grade tools that have very limited life-spans.

How far are you from this? Jointer - $50 (Somerset)

If I were closer, I’d grab it in a heartbeat! Although, it’s been out there for three days, so most likely it’s already gone and the seller just hasn’t pulled the ad.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#3 posted 04-06-2017 08:24 PM

I am not familiar with “small” jointers, but the Rikon has a helical head vs knives. If you have not set jointer knives I would go helical head. Amazon has a “Wen” jointer https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01L0RQPT6/ref=psdc_552824_t3_B01D35X3XE
This company is coming on strong as an entry level/China tool company. Best of luck in finding your jointer

-- Desert_Woodworker

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John146

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#4 posted 04-06-2017 08:26 PM

Three hours on very windy roads. It’s doable, but would only be worth the drive if it were something I’d sure I want. I think gas alone would exceed the $50 tag. It’s likely still available.

If I got that one, would jointer knives be available, or would I need to invest some more itme into it.

Desert_Woodworker: The Rikon is available locally at Apex, but not in the big box stores. It’s there for $329.

What’s the main difference between the small and big jointers? the length of board I can joint?

-- John 14:6

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#5 posted 04-06-2017 10:56 PM

FOR ANOTHER $75.00 I would recommend the Rikon ….due to the head being Helical …GOOD LUCK :<))

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#6 posted 04-06-2017 11:15 PM

Having had a bench top jointer and not liking it, I would recommend a floor standing one if you can fit it. A roll around base makes it very mobile. That Rockwell, I assume is 6 1/8”. Commonly available knives.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#7 posted 04-06-2017 11:18 PM

I have a Cuttech bench top. My opinion is anything with a cast iron bed would be 100 times better. The bench top styles no matter the brand probably won’t do a good job on anything over 24-36”. The Rikon Cutech Porter cable and several others are same design. The aluminum tables flex like crazy. Wen has a cast iron table that would be worth the risk. I will sell mine cheap too. I should really do a good review but too P O’d to do an objective review. If you are handy and understand how tune it up I would snap up the one you found on CL.

-- Laziness drives creative thinking...

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#8 posted 04-06-2017 11:29 PM



FOR ANOTHER $75.00 I would recommend the Rikon ….due to the head being Helical …GOOD LUCK :<))

- GR8HUNTER

This is what I am thinking, but the question is how does the Rikon helical head compare to $300 dollar helical head replacement, that Stumpy Nubs promotes?
As for the length of the bed, they say the longer the better. John, I ask have you ever set jointer knives… I have and I have a $100 Oneway knife setting jig, but it still requires skill. As for blades you can get all or any size on the internet. 30 years ago, starting out I tried a small Sears Craftsman jointer- junk. Now these mini jointers, reborn? For small stock then I would recommend a router table vs one of these. It may be of help to watch some You Tube videos on setting jointer knives….

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#9 posted 04-07-2017 12:16 AM

https://reno.craigslist.org/tls/5987679028.html 6” Jet jointer
I would jump on this today if I were you.
A fellow Reno’ian? Hmm… I’ll help you with setting jointer knives. It’s not hard at all especially on a 6”.
of course, for the craigslist posters that can’t spell “jointer”...
https://sacramento.craigslist.org/tls/6055467772.html
Difference between my now-gone 6” jointer and 8” jointer: the length of the beds:

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter

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#10 posted 04-07-2017 01:47 AM

No, I’ve never set jointer knives. I’ve never even used a jointer. I’ve got jointing at a router table down pretty well, but a router can only face-joint as long as a bit.. and I’m not sure I’d even want to joint something over 1-1/2” at a router table.

I’m actually quite surprised how many people here are from the Reno area. The guy I bought my planer from is on here too, it seems.

I’ll measure my shop again and see what dimensions I have for a jointer. It seems the consensus is that the benchtop jointers are bad, but that there might be some value for the Rikon?

The jointer in Washoe Valley seems to have been there for quite some time.. wonder why he hasn’t sold it yet. Lake County – quite far!

-- John 14:6

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#11 posted 04-07-2017 01:50 AM

I would invest in that $300 Jet long before going for a benchtop $300 even with a helical head.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter

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#12 posted 04-07-2017 02:05 AM

That Jet is a much better tool than the benchtop, and it’s the same price. No brainer IMO.

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firefighterontheside

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#13 posted 04-07-2017 02:08 AM

The Jet was posted 2 months ago. I imagine it’s gone.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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John146

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#14 posted 04-07-2017 02:38 AM

I’ve sent him an email. Let’s see if he actually responds, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.

Assuming the Jet’s gone, is the Rockwell worth the long drive?
Is the only advantage of the Rikon that it has a helical head?

I’m about to free up $300… but of course, the less money I spend on a jointer, the more I have to spend on a bandsaw :)

My shed is 10×12. And because it’s a shed, I can’t really use the walls to support anything with substantial weight (like a lumber rack)... not to mention the walls start angling up at around 4 feet. We do plan to move soon, but not sure to what! – so I’m a bit hesitant of getting another stationary tool.. though bench top tools need to be .. on a bench…

-- John 14:6

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#15 posted 04-07-2017 02:41 AM

i tried calling the guy…just vm. sent a text.
I’ll let you know if it’s still there.
BTW… jointers come up on reno CL often. If this one doesnt pan out, something similar will pop up soon. Need those browser add-ons that notify you when something you are looking for gets posted.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter

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